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Artistic fundraiser planned for Deltaville Maritime Museum

Preparing to “meet the artists” are Lawrence Fucella, Karen Lowe, Laura Longest and Hank Roden, all of 51 Cross Street, and Ingleside Wine representative Maria Swain.

Aug. 17-18 in Urbanna

For the last three years and counting, Hank Roden, local resident and award-winning photographer, together with the shops at 51 Cross Street, have orchestrated a wonderful public art event, “Meet the Artists,” in Urbanna.

This year, “Meet the Artists” will be held on Friday, August 17, from 4-7 p.m., and Saturday, August 18, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A number of local, area and regional artists exhibiting in diverse media will be on hand to talk about their art, welcome sales and commissions, and share a summer weekend in this historic landmark village.   

Held in the old Taylor Building situated on the town’s well-known Cross Street, next door to the town offices and across from Marshall’s Drug Store, “Meet the Artists” will feature fine art and 3-dimensional art by some new artists and some old favorites. The art will be on exhibit throughout the entire building so folks may stroll through the shops, enjoy the art, a glass of wine or a cold beer, and nibble on canapés created by LaJean and her staff at Cross Street Coffee.  

But there’s a new twist to this August’s “Meet the Artists” event. The planners have included a community fundraiser specifically dedicated to the rebuilding efforts by the Deltaville Maritime Museum Board of Directors as it deals with the effects of the recent catastrophic blaze that destroyed the main exhibit rooms and some of the adjacent museum areas.

“This tragic loss is of the greatest magnitude to the museum, the community of Deltaville and to the entire county and is difficult to put into words,” said Sam Sawkins, Urbanna resident and past board member and volunteer of the museum. “A community-wide effort to help rebuild, to me, is a no-brainer.”

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Included for the Friday night reception at the Cross Street shops on August 17 are light hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, live music and discounts on purchases offered by the shops.  More details will be released as the event date draws near. 

“Put August 17 and 18 on your calendars. Meet some fascinating artists, take home some fabulous art, browse the shops, lend your invaluable support to our extended community’s treasured museum, and count on a great way to begin the weekend in Urbanna,” said an event spokesperson.

For more information, call 804-815-4639 or 758-4444, or visit the Urbanna website at

posted 07.25.2012

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